19 March 2012

How I Applied for a New York, USA Nursing License

The process started with downloading and completing the application for licensure form. http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurse1.pdf . The fee now is $143 (I don't remember how much it was in 2007). I paid directly to New York State Education Department (NYSED) with a money order from a bank in the Philippines where I have an account. NYSED doesn't accept cash and I didn't have a dollar current account so money order was the only option I had. Add to your expenses the FedEx fee of sending the form and money order.

Then I created an online account with CGFNS International. I purchased the service Credential Verification Service for New York State (CVS). This was to check the authenticity of my nursing credentials. The fee for CVS was $275 and additional $50 for processing fee ($325 total). 

I filled out a form and mailed it to CGFNS International. I was required to give a form to my university requesting them to mail my TOR and diploma. Then, I gave a form to PRC (nursing licensing authority in the Philippines) requesting them to mail to CGFNS International my licensure credentials. I just can't remember how much it cost me for the two requests (university and PRC). I paid for the documents requested and in addition, I paid for the 2 FedEx fee (again!).

In my CGFNS account, there is a 'correspondence' tab where I can check the notifications of received documents and to see when you completed the CVS requirements. 

Then I prepared for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam. I created an account with Pearson Vue. I paid $200 for the exam. My testing center was in Makati City, Manila. Policies for the exam are in their website to guide the test takers.

Passed  = USRN :)

disclaimer: I just don't know if the process is still the same because this was in 2007. 


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